STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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Seeds

Cumin seeds mixed with sesame seeds and honey are supposed to be a great home remedy for irregular periods. Many seeds are paired with coriander and cilantro to make them more effective. Grind radish seeds and add two large spoonsful of the powder to one cup of buttermilk and drink once daily for three months. Add two tablespoons of fennel seeds to a glass of water and let it set overnight. Strain and drink it daily to regulate your period. Coriander seeds have properties of emmenagogue, a substance that stimulates menstrual flow. Boil one teaspoon of coriander seed with two cups of water and reduce it to 1 cup. Strain and drink the concoction three times a day for a couple of days before your period.


Herbs

Natural herbs and supplements such as dong quai and black cohosh can help alleviate the duration and frequency of many menopausal symptoms, such as irregular periods. Herbal teas made with sage and parsley could help treat the problem. Cinnamon has hydroxychalcone, which can affect menstrual regularity. Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of milk and drink for several weeks, or you could even try drinking cinnamon tea. Turmeric, a warming herb,

Irregular periods are medically known as oligomenorrhea. A woman may have irregular periods from the time she starts menstruating during puberty until she stops at menopause. Oligomenorrhea can occur due to improper diet, anorexia, weakness, stress and intense exercise.


To combat oligomenorrhea, it is best to avoid foods and drinks that contain sugar, caffeine and saturated fats because they can disrupt the body’s natural hormonal balance. Opt instead for lean meats, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy. Here are some home remedies for irregular periods:


Juices

Juices made from fruit and vegetables can help you manage irregular periods. They ensure you have adequate nutrients and vitamins.


Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetables such as bitter gourd can be very effective in the treatment of irregular periods. Consuming its juice once or twice a day for a few weeks can help. The pulp of the aloe vera plant or its juice is beneficial, too. Extract the aloe vera gel from an aloe leaf, mix in one teaspoon of honey and consume it daily before breakfast for three months (except while you’re on your period).

HOME REMEDIES FOR IRREGULAR PERIODS

HARLEENA SINGH

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helps regulate menstruation and balance hormones. Its antiseptic and antispasmodic properties relieve menstrual pain. Mix a quarter teaspoon of turmeric with milk or honey. Take it daily until you see improvement. Try consuming raw ginger and honey daily to get relief from irregular periods.


Be sure to consult your primary care physician before trying any home remedies.


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